In the series opening first ODI between India and Australia at the Wankhede Stadium, the hosts were asked to bat first and they lost opener Rohit Sharma early for 10 off 15. Also Read - ICC World Test Championship 2021: Here's What Virat Kohli-Led Team India Needs to do Qualify For Final
Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul stitched a 121-run partnership to repair the early damage to lay a solid platform. Also Read - ICC Test Rankings: Rohit Sharma Attains Career-Best 6th Position in Batsmen's List; Ravichandran Ashwin Climbs to 3rd in Bowlers' Tally
However, once India lost Rahul in the 28th over for 47, Australia hit back with quick wickets. Soon, India were reduced to 164 for five by the 33rd over. Also Read - Virat Kohli is Looking After Groundsmen to a Certain Degree: Andrew Strauss Slams Indian Captain For Defending Motera Pitch
They lost the wickets of well-set Dhawan (74), skipper Kohli (16) and Iyer (4) in quick intervals with the tourists on top.
With the middle-order collapsing, fans on twitter began urging the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI)to get Ajinkya Rahane back in the mix.
Rahane, who last played against South Africa in 2018, was left out of the side after India started preferring Rahul as their back up opener.
Here is how fans are reacting:
Meanwhile, India was bowled out for 255 with left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc taking three for 56 in 10 overs.